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eBook The Opposite of Music epub
  • ISBN: 1416900403
  • Author: Janet Ruth Young
  • Genre: Teens
  • Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Atheneum (February 27, 2007)
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • ePUB size: 1233 kb
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Janet Ruth Young's debut novel, The Opposite of Music is being marketed as a young adult novel because the protagonist is a teenager, but this is a book for all ages. The Morrison family lives on the North Shore of Massachusetts

Janet Ruth Young's debut novel, The Opposite of Music is being marketed as a young adult novel because the protagonist is a teenager, but this is a book for all ages. The Morrison family lives on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Besides Mom and Dad, there is Billy and his younger sister Linda.

The Opposite of Music is a young adult novel about a fifteen-year-old boy who will try almost anything to save his father from a life-threatening depression. This book is the unofficial prequel to My Beautiful Failure. Topics: 00:00: Author's choice of depression as subject

The Opposite of Music is a young adult novel about a fifteen-year-old boy who will try almost anything to save his father from a life-threatening depression. Topics: 00:00: Author's choice of depression as subject. Emphasis on family of depressed person rather than depressed person himself. 05:10: Are the Morrisons positive or negative role models for a family dealing with depression? How the book helps readers become better medical consumers.

Janet Ruth Young is the author of the teen novels My Beautiful Failure, Things I Shouldn’t Think (previously published as The Babysitter Murders), and The Opposite of Music. She lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Visit her at JanetRuthYoung. Библиографические данные. The Opposite of Music.

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The Opposite Of Music book. Something has to give Janet Ruth Young offers an extremely realistic portrayal of depression and its effects on a family

The Opposite Of Music book. Something has to give. Janet Ruth Young is an important voice in YA fiction, because she writes gritty, realistic stories about the impact of mental illness on families. Janet Ruth Young offers an extremely realistic portrayal of depression and its effects on a family. It is definitely a book to recommend to teens living a life like Billy's.

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The Opposite of Music. 0 5 Author: Janet Ruth Young. when i am well i will take you At first Billy's father just seemed distant, as if he had something on his mind. Then he stopped listening to music, saying it hurt his ears. After a while he stopped eating and sleeping. And after that he just stopped. Publisher: Simon Pulse Published: 2008-06-30 ISBN: 9781416974987.

The Opposite of Music - Janet Ruth Young. And they might sense how exceptional Gordy is (champion French horn player, youngest co-captain ever of the All-State Band, two-time performer on the White House lawn), and that could make them, especially Mom, eager to impress.

Janet Ruth Young's debut novel, The Opposite of Music is being marketed as a young adult novel because the protagonist is a teenager, but this is a book for all ages. One day their life turns upside down as their Dad succumbs to a severe depression.

When i am well i will take you. At first Billy's father just seemed distant, as if he had something on his mind. After a while he stopped eating and sleeping

When i am well i will take you. Stopped being Billy's father and his friend and became someone else. Someone who was depressed and withdrawn and wouldn't respond to treatments.

When his father's depression takes a frightening turn, Billy's entire family gets involved in caring for him, but with their mother's job on the line and the threat of suicide a constant factor in the home, Billy begins to realize that their father's best chance for recovery requires more intensive care than he and his siblings are able to provide.
Comments: (4)
Barinirm
3.5 of 5 stars

Sadness. Sleepless. Irritability. Loss of appetite. Hopelessness. Nightmares. After discounting medication and the advice doctors, Billy's mom is trying to cure his father's clinical depression with the help of Billy and his annoying little sister. But his dad keeps getting worse. The deeper Bill Sr disappears into depression, the more each member of the family also disappears. Billy knows what they're doing isn't working. Something has to give.

Janet Ruth Young is an important voice in YA fiction, because she writes gritty, realistic stories about the impact of mental illness on families. Teens (and adults) hear words like "depression", but often only understand the definitions on a pop-culture level, much different than understanding the disorder as it impacts people. Billy is a complex, flawed fifteen year old narrator, bright, loving, eager to help his family. He actually has better ideas than his mother. I wanted to shake his mother for defying the doctors' recommendations, and for parentifying her children by making them responsible for their father's care. I'm a child psychologist and I've seen this situation in real families, and Young nailed it. After reading Young's insightful and touching THINGS I SHOULDN'T THINK, I had high expectations for THE OPPOSITE OF MUSIC (TOOM). I thought TOOM dragged a lot in illustrating the repetitiveness of depression, and the pamphlet inclusions might have been better used as appendices, as they brought the pace of the story to a near halt. I normally read books in a day or two, no matter the length. This took me 5.

In terms of recommendations, I'd steer readers who are interested in learning about mental illness in families and clinical depression more than readers who are want to read an easy, uplifting novel. Depression is as much a character in TOOM as Billy or any of his family members. I'd recommend the novel to kids and adults who are depressed or have depressed family members. Even though individual experiences differ, the difficulty of depression is universal.
Swift Summer
Billy describes how his father just seemed less interested in life at first, but then things deteriorated to the point of severe depression including weight loss, lack of communication, insomnia, and thoughts of suicide. THE OPPOSITE OF MUSIC tells the story of a family dealing with depression.

Billy's mother finally decides that her husband needs to seek medical help. Dr. Fritz is nice, but his attempts to help are frustrating. The first medicine he prescribes makes Billy's dad break out in disgusting sores. The next medicine causes paranoia and frightening dreams.

After failed attempts to use medicine to treat the depression, Billy, his mother, and his sister become determined to treat the problem themselves. Each researches the therapy they think would be best, and then they work together to cure dad. Some of their treatment involves diet, exercise, light therapy, aromatherapy, etc. Everyone sacrifices their own life to devote time to dad.

When it is obvious that their theories are not working and thoughts of suicide surface, it is decided that a new psychiatrist must be consulted. The new doctor recommends electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Research tells Billy the therapy could be effective, but he also reads horrific tales of brain damage and torture. Will this help, or is his father's recovery a hopeless dream?

Janet Ruth Young offers an extremely realistic portrayal of depression and its effects on a family. It is definitely a book to recommend to teens living a life like Billy's. They will know that they are not alone.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
salivan
Janet Ruth Young's debut novel, The Opposite of Music is being marketed as a young adult novel because the protagonist is a teenager, but this is a book for all ages. The Morrison family lives on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Besides Mom and Dad, there is Billy and his younger sister Linda. One day their life turns upside down as their Dad succumbs to a severe depression. Alternatively embarrassed and terrified, Billy and his family do everything they can to help their father. As they do so, Billy becomes cut off from his friends, unsure of what to even say to most of them. So while his longtime friends wonder what his problem is, Billy finds that the only person outside his family that he can turn to is Gordy, relatively new in town, who recently lost his mother. Here is a book that explores a family dynamic as well as friendship in times of trouble.

Each of the characters in Young's novel is vividly drawn. Family members will seem as familiar as your own as the pop off the page and come to life. Even the supporting characters, like Dad's co-worker June, a well-meaning friend who tries unsuccessfully to help share the family's burden, and Uncle Marty, Dad's brother who's been down-on-his-luck of late, but offers his brother what help he can, are beautifully realized. There's a lot of valuable information here as well, for anyone who has a family member or friend who suffers from depression, and Billy travels a winding and surprisingly realistic arc that Young explores despite the difficult subject. This one comes highly recommended.
Vivaral
Several times, I had to remember that the author hadn't been a teenage boy herself, because it was such fun to read this book.

The nuances of how boys think at that point in their life were so wonderfully captured. Many times, I found there was no was I could try to zip through this book. As I was reading, I'd think "oh, this is so sudden, so delicious", and I'd reread the line, or the paragraph. I found myself savoring the words at times.

This was a wonderful journey back to my teen years, and a wonderful journey to my 20's & 30's in Boston, as a few references are cleverly hidden, references that will make the locals smile.

Admittedly, at times the father's condition wasn't very comfortable to work with, but then, that was exactly the situation the family found themselves in. A wonderful piece of work, thank you Ms Young.
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